Location: Agios Nikolaos Shinari
Zakynthos Blue Caves: Zakynthos is one of the largest islands in the Ionian sea. In fact, it is the second most visited isle apart from Corfu. The lands in Zakynthos are quite mountainous, and just like the other Ionian islands, there are a number of fertile valleys and green plains that depict superb landscapes on the isle. Their coasts are vast, some 123 km long as well as very craggy and rocky on the north. On the other hand, they are very sandy in the Southern area, where they show a number of gulfs, such as the Laganas gulf. The beauty of this area gives a great boost to the tour industry, to the point of becoming an extremely popular destination.
However, it is on the West cost where Zakynthos offers one of its most stunning views: the blue caves. They are also known as the blue caves of Volimes, the picturesque village where they are located. This area is quite wilder, rural, and less transited than the others just mentioned. In fact, the blue caves are only accessible by the sea. However, this fact has not stopped them from being one of the main attractions of this Greek island, especially at certain times of the day.
The biggest cave is called Kianoun, and there are, in general terms, many boats available for rent in the town port for tourists to be able to get to the blue caves.The distinctive element of the blue caves is that they reflect the vibrating and striking blue colour of the waters in them, which at the same time capture and reflect the shine of the limpid sky reflected on their surface. This succession of bright reflection creates an almost magical atmosphere that is better appreciated at sunrise or sunset.
The blue caves have also interesting arches created by erosion along thousands of years, which allow for going through these caves and get actually surrounded by this surreal environment. However, there is one way of being part of that marvellous scenery apart from getting surrounded by the cave's arches: the blue caves are obviously the soft spot for those who like diving.
Getting into these waters in order to experience and investigate the greatness of the blue caves really makes of this trip a once-in-life unforgettable experience. In addition, once under the water, the darkness in many of the caves seems to be interrupted by some rays of light that dye the waters with turquoise shades, creating an imposing effect.
These kinds of experiences usually remind the visitor of the many palaces, myths and fantastic literary characters and scenarios that characterize the Greek art manifestations, and it turns obvious where the inspiration of those ancient artists came from. No matter who the trip is shared with, the most inseparable friend during the visit to Zakynthos blue caves is a good digital camera. For those who are not fond of diving, this trip is a good excuse to sail, as well as to get away from the town and enjoy this peaceful place with such stunning views.